Choosing a major is usually one of those things many students tend to run into quickly and run out of quickly. Don't panic! With constraints including time, money, family, and future goals no wonder so many students rush in and out of majors. Many end up with extra credits, extra years in college, and extra money to pay back. But remember NOT to Panic! Though some students do come to college with a major chosen, there are many who do not.
Did you know that the most students change their major at least once throughout their college experience, and many students change their major multiple times? College is the time for you to choose a major, get an education, and prepare for your career.
Self-Assessment consists of identifying and understanding interests, skills, values, personalities, and spirituality as the foundation for planning and decision making.
Our interests and abilities give us an in depth look at what drives us, what we are passionate about, as well as what we have to offer. Your ultimate goal is to find a career where you are "doing what you love!" which can, in some instances, stem directly from your interests and abilities. Ask yourself:
When choosing a major/career it's important to consider the things about your life that you value most so that you can appropriately choose a career path that will align with your values. This affects how satisfied/unsatisfied you are in your choice of work. Ask yourself:
Personality refers to the individual qualities that make each person unique. Understanding your personality enables you to search for careers that match you rather than trying to make yourself match a career. Assessments such as the 16PF and Achievement Works aid in developing a greater understanding of your personality and the careers that are most suitable for it. Ask yourself:
Understanding and realizing what role spirituality plays in your decision making will serve as a better guide to living a purposeful life. Consider the following:
For questions regarding spirituality, God, and How to Know God's Will for your life contact, Spiritual Life.
Career Exploration gives you the opportunity get a sense for what your field of interest entails including salary, skills needed, work environment, work requirements, and demand for the field. Exploration allows you to get a holistic picture of the field of interest. When exploring:
Now it's time to evaluate where you are and what you have concluded from your journey.
Execute your action plan.
Whatever your Action Plan entails, make sure any action is taken in this last step! And remember this journey may take you more than one try, but don't be discouraged you will complete the journey!